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Meet the new ‘Forest Giants’ at Kentucky’s Bernheim Forest

By Amy Joseph Landon

Source: Courier-Journal
March 15, 2019
Photos by Pat McDonogh

Meet the new ‘Forest Giants’ at Kentucky’s Bernheim Forest


23 PHOTOS

Little Elina, one of three giant trolls, reclines in a field in Bernheim Forest. March 15, 2019.

Little Elina, one of three giant trolls, reclines in a field in Bernheim Forest. March 15, 2019.
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

Little Elina, one of three giant trolls, reclines in a field in Bernheim Forest. March 15, 2019.

Little Elina, one of three giant trolls, reclines in a field in Bernheim Forest. March 15, 2019.
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

"Little Nis," gazes into the waters of Holly Pond at Bernheim Forest. His is one of three giant trolls created by sculptor Thomas Dambo. Feb. 27, 2019

“Little Nis,” gazes into the waters of Holly Pond at Bernheim Forest. His is one of three giant trolls created by sculptor Thomas Dambo. Feb. 27, 2019
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

Little Elina, one of three giant trolls, reclines in a field in Bernheim Forest. March 15, 2019.

Little Elina, one of three giant trolls, reclines in a field in Bernheim Forest. March 15, 2019.
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

A pregnant Momma Loumari rests against a redwood tree. The giant troll and her two children have taken up residence in Bernheim Forest. The sculpture is the work of Artist Thomas Dambo. March 15, 2019.

A pregnant Momma Loumari rests against a redwood tree. The giant troll and her two children have taken up residence in Bernheim Forest. The sculpture is the work of Artist Thomas Dambo. March 15, 2019.
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL
Little Elina, one of three giant trolls, reclines in a field in Bernheim Forest. March 15, 2019.
Little Elina, one of three giant trolls, reclines in a field in Bernheim Forest. March 15, 2019.
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

A pregnant Momma Loumari rests against a redwood tree. The giant troll and her two children have taken up residence in Bernheim Forest. The sculpture is the work of Artist Thomas Dambo. March 15, 2019.

A pregnant Momma Loumari rests against a redwood tree. The giant troll and her two children have taken up residence in Bernheim Forest. The sculpture is the work of Artist Thomas Dambo. March 15, 2019.
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

Little Elina, one of three giant trolls, reclines in a field in Bernheim Forest. March 15, 2019.

Little Elina, one of three giant trolls, reclines in a field in Bernheim Forest. March 15, 2019.
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

"Little Nis," one of three giant trolls created by sculptor Thomas Dambo, at Bernheim Forest. Feb. 27, 2019

“Little Nis,” one of three giant trolls created by sculptor Thomas Dambo, at Bernheim Forest. Feb. 27, 2019
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

Little Elina, one of three giant trolls, reclines in a field in Bernheim Forest. March 15, 2019.

Little Elina, one of three giant trolls, reclines in a field in Bernheim Forest. March 15, 2019.
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

Little Elina, one of three giant trolls, reclines in a field in Bernheim Forest. March 15, 2019.

Little Elina, one of three giant trolls, reclines in a field in Bernheim Forest. March 15, 2019.
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

"Little Nis," gazes into the waters of Holly Pond at Bernheim Forest. His is one of three giant trolls created by sculptor Thomas Dambo. Feb. 27, 2019

“Little Nis,” gazes into the waters of Holly Pond at Bernheim Forest. His is one of three giant trolls created by sculptor Thomas Dambo. Feb. 27, 2019
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

An altar created by artist Thomas Dambo at Bernheim Forest for the pregnant giant troll, Mamma Loumari includes a unicorn's horn and a dragon's head. The items are from Scandinavian folklore involving trolls. March 15, 2019.

An altar created by artist Thomas Dambo at Bernheim Forest for the pregnant giant troll, Mamma Loumari includes a unicorn’s horn and a dragon’s head. The items are from Scandinavian folklore involving trolls. March 15, 2019.
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

A pregnant Momma Loumari rests against a redwood tree. The giant troll and her two children have taken up residence in Bernheim Forest. The sculpture is the work of Artist Thomas Dambo. March 15, 2019.

A pregnant Momma Loumari rests against a redwood tree. The giant troll and her two children have taken up residence in Bernheim Forest. The sculpture is the work of Artist Thomas Dambo. March 15, 2019.
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

"Little Nis," gazes into the waters of Holly Pond at Bernheim Forest. His is one of three giant trolls created by sculptor Thomas Dambo. Feb. 27, 2019

“Little Nis,” gazes into the waters of Holly Pond at Bernheim Forest. His is one of three giant trolls created by sculptor Thomas Dambo. Feb. 27, 2019
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

Bourbon barrel staves form the round belly of the pregnant troll, Momma Loumari in Bernheim Forest. March 15, 2019.

Bourbon barrel staves form the round belly of the pregnant troll, Momma Loumari in Bernheim Forest. March 15, 2019.
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

A pregnant Momma Loumari rests against a redwood tree. The giant troll and her two children have taken up residence in Bernheim Forest. The sculpture is the work of Artist Thomas Dambo. March 15, 2019.

A pregnant Momma Loumari rests against a redwood tree. The giant troll and her two children have taken up residence in Bernheim Forest. The sculpture is the work of Artist Thomas Dambo. March 15, 2019.
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

"Little Nis," one of three giant trolls is seen being constructed at Bernheim Forest. Feb. 27, 2019

“Little Nis,” one of three giant trolls is seen being constructed at Bernheim Forest. Feb. 27, 2019
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

"Little Nis" fur is made of recycled pallets. Feb. 27, 2019

“Little Nis” fur is made of recycled pallets. Feb. 27, 2019
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

The head of giant troll "Momma Loumari" sits next to the tree where she will reside in Bernheim Forest. Feb. 27, 2018.

The head of giant troll “Momma Loumari” sits next to the tree where she will reside in Bernheim Forest. Feb. 27, 2018.
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

Danish artist Thomas Dambo is seen working on "Little Elina," a giant wooden troll he's constructed in Bernheim Forest. Feb. 27, 2019.

Danish artist Thomas Dambo is seen working on “Little Elina,” a giant wooden troll he’s constructed in Bernheim Forest. Feb. 27, 2019.
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

Giant troll "Little Elina," under construction at Bernheim Forest. Feb. 27, 2019.

Giant troll “Little Elina,” under construction at Bernheim Forest. Feb. 27, 2019.
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

Little Elina’s face begins to take shape in the woods of Bernheim Forest. Feb. 27, 2019

Little Elina’s face begins to take shape in the woods of Bernheim Forest. Feb. 27, 2019
BY PAT MCDONOGH, COURIER JOURNAL

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